I shouldn't starve myself, I'm going to end this ascetic life.
Siddhartha was born in India as a wealthy prince during the 4th and 6th century. It was prophesied that Siddhartha would either become a very holy man or the King of India. His father however wanted him to become a king so he built his son a palace filled with dancing women, servants, and even jewels. Siddhartha ended up living this way for 29 years of his life.
One day Siddhartha left the palace and when he left he saw a dead man, an old man, and a sick man. When seeing this he decided that he wanted to find a way to end suffering. So he went to become a ascetic and continued being one for six years.
We can all learn about Dharma!
When living an ascetic life he had to avoid all physical comforts ad pleasures which lead to him almost starving to death, it did not bring him solace from doing this so he ended life as a ascetic. Then Siddhartha went on with his life and started to meditate and eat he called this life style the middle way.
When meditating he was confronted by a demon named Mara who challenged him to become Buddha. Once Siddhartha was able to defeat her he was finally able to reach the highest state of enlightenment which was known as Nirvana, he had become the Buddha.
After becoming Buddha Siddhartha created the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path. Then a god called Brahman told him that he should teach people, Buddha did what Brahman told him and he called this religion Dharma. Siddhartha made it so that anyone could follow it, it did not matter your gender, race, or even age.
Ever since Buddha taught Dharma people have been sharing and teaching this religion to many places like China, Japan, and even Korea. Also In a way Buddhism and Hinduism both are similar, for instance they both agree on Dharma and they also believe in karma and how people can get reincarnated.